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Why Do We Stock Dr Bronner’s Soaps?

Posted on: November 21st, 2023

Dr. Bronner’s soaps are true soaps made from organic coconut, palm kernel, olive, hemp, and jojoba oils.  They have been tested and have a pH around pH 9, which makes them one of the mildest soaps based on the saponification of fats and oils, the traditional method of making soap.

The ingredients are selected to be the healthiest and best for our skin.  No synthetics, no petrochemicals, no GMOs.  Certified organic ingredients ensure product purity. Any scents are from pure essential oils.  No artificial fragrances, no colourants.

Also, additives are important. Glycerin, for example, is a by-product of the saponification of fats and oils with the reaction being fat or oil plus lye gives soap plus glycerine. Mass market soaps have most of this glycerine removed as it is a prized ingredient in its own right and is used in skin care products where manufacturers get “better value for money” and you get the benefits of glycerin’s humectancy (to maintain better moisture balance) and hence better skin feel. By leaving glycerin in the soap you not only get better moisturising capabilities but the soap will not dry out, it (along with the lower pH) will not clog pores and will not remove excess oils ultimately causing your skin to dry out.

Dr. Bronner’s soaps are made with this perfect blend of oils, making the Pure-Castile Soap superbly mild.  Additionally, Dr. Bronner’s soaps are “superfatted.”  This means that after the main soapmaking reaction has finished, a measured amount of citric acid is added to lower the pH and draw out some of the fatty acids.  These free fatty acids increase the soap’s mildness, as well as contribute to a creamier lather and smoother feel on the skin.  In the Castile Bar Soap, superfatting happens when the hemp and jojoba oils are withheld from the saponification reaction and are added afterwards.  These two oils have exceptional skin benefits.  Jojoba oil (an occlusive), glycerin (a humectant), and hemp oil (a concentrated source of linoleic acid, an emollient). This means that the soap provides what our skin needs to be strong and healthy.